This project originated my sophomore year as my application to the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA). In my search for a project that would relate to anthropology and the Galápagos Islands I discovered the potential to study the tourism industry and its effects on society. Over the course of three years the project developed from a proposal as part of my application to CISLA to an internship and an honors thesis.
The focus of this thesis is the study of ecotourism in the Galápagos Islands, with a concentration on the interaction between tourists and residents and influence of tourism on the local population. I outline the history, geology, and geography of the islands to provide the reader with a base knowledge. In order to understand the complex societal relationship with tourism it is crucial to understand the history that led to the success of the tourism industry today. I review the anthropology of tourism, ecotourism in Costa Rica as a model, and the tourism industry in the Galápagos. Finally, I conclude the thesis with my own findings through surveys and an interview conducted while on Isabela for my internship.
Wellbeloved-Stone, Claire, "Ecotourism in the Galápagos Islands: A Case Study in the Anthropology of Tourism" (2014). Anthropology Department Honors Papers. 8.
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